Taught course


University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant arts, humanities or social science discipline

Months of entry


Course content

Designed to develop an advanced critical understanding of crime in its social context, this programme draws on insights from across the humanities and social sciences.

This course incorporates sociology, law, psychology, geography, history, and cultural and media studies. It reflects the nature of criminology as a fast-developing, interdisciplinary subject concerned with understanding crime in its local, regional, national and international contexts.

You will consider questions such as:

  • How and why do certain kinds of behaviour get defined as 'crime' whilst other harmful activities do not?
  • Who has the power to determine what is 'criminal' and why does this vary across different times and places?
  • How can theory and research help us to account for different kinds of lawbreaking behaviour?
  • How do societies respond to the problem of 'crime' and its impact on victims through systems of formal and informal social control?

This course offers you the opportunity to study criminology in a social scientific environment with teaching by experts in criminology, sociology, social work and social and public policy.

You will gain practical experience with a local crime or criminal justice organisation (such as the police or a member agency of a local crime and drugs partnership), offering you the opportunity to apply and reflect on what you have learned in the classroom.

You will be able to choose from a range of optional modules in criminology and related fields. You will also develop skills in a range of research methods, and your dissertation will enable you to put them into practice by carrying out and writing up an extended piece of criminological research.

The course has been designed to equip you with key skills in:

  • understanding and assessing criminological theories and concepts
  • evaluating arguments and the evidence used to support them
  • developing your own perspectives on a range of issues in criminology
  • conducting methodologically rigorous and ethically sound research
  • communicating your ideas clearly at an advanced level
  • reflecting critically on your own learning and personal development

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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